September 1, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Louisville Cardinals vs. Auburn Tigers Preview
The Louisville Cardinals and Auburn Tigers will begin their 2015 college football season in four days, Saturday, September 5, in the battle for the Old Leather Helmet trophy. Saturday’s game is apart of the annual Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic held in the Georgia Dome in the city of Atlanta, featuring a SEC vs. ACC match-up. Both schools have sold out of their allotment of tickets and the game will be televised in front of a National audience on CBS at 3:30 PM EST. This will be the second time in history the two schools have met, with the last meeting being a 16-3 Auburn win on September 14, 1974 in Birmingham, Alabama.
GAME DAY INFO
Teams – #6 Auburn Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals
When – September 5, 2015 – 3:30 PM EST. (CBS)
SITE – Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome 73,000 Sold out)
SERIES RECORD – Auburn leads 1-0 (Last Meeting) – 09/14/1974 (Au W, 16-3)
Betting Line – Auburn Favorite by -10.5
AUBURN TIGERS KEYS TO VICTORY
In the 2014 season, head coach Guz Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers averaged 35.5 points per game while tearing up its’ opponents for 485 yards of total offense per game. Malzahn will call on 6’5 240 pound junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson to run the high-powered Tigers attack.
“Being a quarterback, that’s a captain no matter what. I don’t mind doing that said Jeremy Johnson.” “I’m the quarterback and that’s my role for this team, for this program and for this university. Like I said, I’m enjoying it. I’m looking forward to this year.”
Look for the Auburn Tigers to try an establish an offensive rhythm with its’ tempo. Although Louisville’s rush defense could cause problems for Auburn, Malzahn prolific offense will try to keep the Cards off-balance with some different looks in hopes to find some yards on the ground. The Tigers have some quality depth on the offensive line, so it’s imperative they try to establish the run behind the play of Sophmore RB’s Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber.
Auburn only has four players returning on offense this season, so a good game from 6’2 224 pound WR senior Duke Williams, who led the Tigers with 45 catches in ten games last season is a must. Williams must play a huge role, along with first year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp in order to keep the Tigers college football playoff hopes alive.
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS KEYS TO VICTORY
Bobby Petrino is entering his 6th season, and 2nd year of his 2nd stint, as the Louisville Cardinals head coach with an overall 50-13 record. The Cardinals won nine games last season and finished ranked Top 10 in the country in defense only allowing opponents 21.8 points per game. Petrino and the Cardinals will enter the season hoping to capitalize off another excellent defense led by one of the top defensive coordinator’s in the country Todd Grantham.
“I think that’s been probably the greatest challenge Petrino talking about the offense this year.” “Offensively there’s so much newness there that we had to kind of go a little slower than you would like to in Year 2. Normally in Year 2 you would say everyone understands what we’re doing now, we can take further steps ahead, but we really are young offensively.”
The Cardinals lost three of their top four receivers, including All-ACC wideout Devante Parker, so the defense will be the strength early on with middle linebacker James Burgess, and defensive end Sheldon Rankin leading the way. Rankins is great at disrupting the run, which will be one of the keys to beating the polish offense attack of the Tigers. With the talents in the secondary of the two transfers Josh Harvery-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins, the Cardinals have the ability to stop the explosive plays of Auburn’s Duke Williams and Ricardo Lewis.
On offense the Cardinals are keeping the Tigers guessing on who will start at quarterback, as Bobby Petrino has yet to name the starting quarterback between Will Gardner, Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Lamar Jackson. However, if the Cardinals are to pull the upset on Saturday, look for wide receiver James Quick (2014- 35 catches, 556 yards 3 TD) playing an instrumental part in helping defeat the Tigers this weekend.
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